Not Stopping Time

I can't participate in that game
where they want you to highlight
the best of what you did or
learned in the last ten years, when the past
year alone has seemed like at least
a decade. So much accounting
all the time. And when you don't say anything
because you're unsure of anything,
you risk being called a liar,
or worse, manipulative: a cherry-
picker. My dearest wish was only
enough time to read all these
books. Only enough heart to carry
what I can for the ones I said
I'd love until the end.

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